Many people might be hearing the word Invisalign for the first time. Others may be in doubt about the treatment’s cost and effectiveness. We asked one of Michigan’s top orthodontists 13 questions about Invisalign. Some of these questions may be on your mind.
- What is Invisalign?
Invisalign is the most advanced teeth alignment treatment available today. It achieves alignment through a series of clear plastic aligners that are custom made for each patient. The treatment is fast replacing the traditional metal braces because of its effectiveness.
- How does Invisalign work?
Using cutting edge technology, your Invisalign certified orthodontist creates a 3D model of how your teeth would look through each stage of the treatment. Then, the teeth are moved little by little to their final projected position using a series of customized transparent aligners.
- Is Invisalign expensive?
That’s what some people might think. However, the cost of Invisalign is comparable to traditional braces and depends upon the complexity of the alignment. The cost for a simple alignment may start from $1500, just to give you an idea. More complex issues might cost anywhere between $2500 to $6000.
- How long does Invisalign treatment take?
It completely depends on the position and condition of your teeth. The duration of treatment is similar for braces and Invisalign and can range from a few months to a few years. However, unlike braces, you only need to wear each Invisalign aligner for around 2 weeks and can remove it for meals.
- Which teeth alignment method do you prefer as a professional, braces or Invisalign, and why?
With Invisalign, you and your orthodontist know exactly how your teeth and smile would look through the treatment. Unlike braces which sometimes apply brute force to several teeth at once, Invisalign allows your orthodontist to move your teeth more gently and accurately, until they reach their final desired position. Invisalign is virtually invisible, which is why some patients prefer it as well.
- Is Invisalign really effective?
Of course it is. It’s more effective than braces. You know where you’re going with the alignment. You can exert precise force at the exact location where it is required. Generally, Invisalign causes much less discomfort than traditional braces. As the teeth are moved little by little, no excessive force is required and the patient is at ease. Invisalign aligners also have a snug fit because they are custom made for your teeth using state-of-the-art technology.
- How to maintain oral hygiene with Invisalign Clear Braces?
We recommend brushing and flossing after every meal and before going to bed. You can remove your Invisalign aligners before every meal, brush, floss, and wear your aligners again.
- What types of food one has to avoid during the treatment period?
Invisalign are more hygienic than conventional braces because you can remove them when eating or drinking. This means you can eat or drink anything without any restrictions as long as you brush and floss religiously.
- What are Invisalign Clear Braces made of?
Each set of Invisalign aligner is manufactured from uniquely developed medical grade plastic material. It has an exact fit thanks to the advanced 3D technology behind it.
- Is it necessary to wear retainers after Invisalign treatment is complete?
Yes, just like with other orthodontic treatments, you have to wear braces as directed by your orthodontist. This is necessary for holding the teeth in their new position until they become stable.
- How long should I wear the aligners?
Invisalign aligners have to be worn all the time except when eating or brushing. They are easy to wear and remove so there’s no problem.
- Will I feel pain during the treatment?
Some patients may feel slight pain or discomfort when they wear a new set of braces. They can feel as if their teeth are being pulled in one direction, which they are. It means that the treatment is working. The discomfort will be gone in a couple of days after you adjust to “something new in your mouth”.